Man accused of killing Laylah Washington back in custody after being accidentally released, SCSO say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 12:44 P.M.

Tylan McCray is back in custody after being accidentally released, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Photos: Mother shares photos of Laylah Washington after suspected killer accidentally released

In a statement to FOX13, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said that McCray’s bond was set at $15 million, but a clerical error allowed his bond to appear in the system as $15,000.


The man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl during a road rage shooting is back on the streets, according to an official with the Shelby County Criminal Court.

Tylan McCray, 21, was arrested and charged more than a year after Laylah Washington was shot. However, following a bond hearing on Wednesday, McCray was accidentally released due to a “clerical error,” according to the court official.

Officials are currently looking for McCray. FOX13 confirmed a warrant was issued for him.

Laylah Washington made national headlines after she was shot as she was riding with her mother in a white Nissan Maxima on Kirby Parkway near Castle Creek on June 11, 2017. She died from her injuries two days later.

The case even drew attention from former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam who offered $10,000 for information leading to arrest.

It took investigators more than a year to arrest two men in connection with the crime. Brandon McCray, 19, was only charged with “accessory after the fact to wit: first-degree murder.” The two men are cousins.

FOX13 reported in 2018 that the family was not happy with the charges given. Brandon McCray was released on bond and was not charged with first-degree murder.

“Somebody failed to do their job because they did not charge the guy driving the car with the same crime that they did the guy that did the shooting,” Terry Washington, Laylah Washington’s uncle said.

The judge also verbalized his confusion as to why Brandon McCray was only facing accessory charges for driving the getaway car – and not the first-degree murder and attempted murder charges filed against his cousin.

SCSO released a statement, saying they are actively searching for Tylan McCray.